Former PNE player Clarke Carlisle on the mend says wife

Stronger: Clarke Carlisle

Stronger: Clarke Carlisle

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Former Preston North End player Clarke Carlisle is awake in hospital and getting stronger by the day according to his wife Gemma.

The 35-year-old was seriously injured in a collision with a lorry as he walked along a dark and remote stretch of the A64 in North Yorkshire last month.

Preston-born defender Carlisle, who also played for Burnley and Blackpool, has spent the past three weeks in hospital in Leeds.

Responding to “get well” messages on Twitter, Gemma told fans: “Thanks again for asking after Clarke. He’s still in hospital, but getting better and stronger each day.”